Taking place on the unofficial starting weekend of the craziness that is summer recruiting, the NLF hosted a trio of events on Long Island, with the individual-based Power of Will Showcase going down Friday at Stony Brook with middle school and high school events occurring at separate sites on Saturday and Sunday. With April’s new rules having a large ripple effect on the recruiting timeline, I focused largely on ’18s and ’19s at the team event.
Ben Finlay ’19, D, SweetLax / Gonzaga (D.C.)
Backing off of his Hopkins verbal in the spring and ranked 19th in the class, Finlay will become arguably the biggest uncommitted priority for schools with top academics and lacrosse leading up to the September 1 deadline. He has excellent footwork and is just a nuisance to opposing attackmen’s hands, throwing surgical checks and getting the ball off the grass quickly before getting it upfield. Finlay is aggressive, playing with a mean streak yet disciplined whenever covering his guy 1-on-1.
Brendan Jordan ’18, M, Laxachusetts / Governor’s (Mass.)
Jordan looks like one of the more underrated middies out there, carrying over momentum from another great year with the Red Dogs. He’s deceptively athletic in a sense, flourishing on both ends of the field and getting from restraining line to restraining line in a flash. Hailing from Long Island, he has a great release and was a force with some great stepdown shots when given the opportunity. Awesome pickup for Colgate.
Mac Bredahl ’18, A, Leading Edge / Chatham (N.J.)
Though his size leaves much to be desired, Bredahl essentially has every quality that you’d ask for in order to make up for the lack of prototypical high Division I size. A Villanova commit and 32nd ranked player in the Class of 2018, he habitually beats his man in the race to goal line extended, where he demonstrated a beautiful wraparound shot and some excellent feeds for easy goals. There’s clear basketball influence in Bredahl’s skill set, as he has a remarkable feel for the game and excellent IQ as Leading Edge’s offensive quarterback.
Liam Entenmann ’19, G, LI Express / Chaminade (N.Y.)
Much more goes into becoming a great college prospect at goalie, and this Notre Dame commit fulfills many those qualities – namely the communication aspect. A wiry netminder, Entenmann did a superb job putting his defenders in the right places and clearing the ball all weekend. Big keepers usually aren’t exactly awesome when it comes to saving low shots, but he showed rapid hand speed to get to most of everything regardless of placement.
Van Parker ’19, A, Team 91 / Broughton (N.C.)
It’s evident just how much confidence and consistency that Parker has gained in just a year’s time. A big target inside, the Raleigh product moves well off-ball and was often the beneficiary of 91’s premier dodgers drawing attention and dumping the rock off to him. Though he’ll seldom create his own shot organically, he catches just about everything and is reliable inside, scoring back-to-back second half goals in Sunday’s title game victory.
Teioshontathe McComber ’18, A, SweetLax / Salisbury (Conn.)
Defenses struggled stopping McComber from scoring as much as people had trouble pronouncing McComber’s first name, as he showed off an absurd handle and finishing ability. He’s automatic within eight yards and has a stick that is essentially an extension of his body, like many attackmen from the reservation. He’s so crafty that teammates almost had trouble knowing what was coming, but his style of play will undoubtedly fit in impeccably in Albany’s free-wheeling system.
Jack Simmons ’18, M, Crabs / McDonogh (Md.)
Coming off of another strong spring with the Eagles, the Georgetown commit impressed with his ability to get his hands free for quality looks, pushing the Crabs to a championship in the rising senior group. Simmons reminds me a bit of Deemer Class when it comes to his dodging and shooting prowess, thriving in transition with either hand and demonstrating excellent vision in 6-on-6 situations. He’s incredibly fluid with excellent wrist speed, changing levels throughout the weekend to keep goalies guessing.
Joe Neuman ’18, F/O, SweetLax / Salisbury (Conn.)
Switching from Hopkins to Yale back in March, Neuman was already the top face-off man in the class, but solidified that honor with a lights out weekend in his native Long Island. Built low-to-the-ground with a sturdy frame, Neuman has ridiculous hand speed and seldom goes early or loses draw, visibly frustrating a number of opposing club coaches. In addition, he’s not a liability with the ball at all, finding the appropriate man in fast break situations.
Xavier Arline ’20, A, Team 91 / Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
Aidan Danenza ’20, M, Team 91 / St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Lacrosse media could probably write up touted attackman Brennan O’Neill (Penn State) every summer weekend he plays, but Arline and Danenza are two more offensive prospects that make the Crush offense constantly hum. Arline, a verbal to UNC, plays with a swagger beyond his years and looked a bit bigger than the last time we scouted him. He’s quick as a hiccup, smart with the ball and has both fundamentals and flair to his game. Danenza, meanwhile, has turned into one of the better uncommitted middies in the class. He’s also gained some size and is a polished shooter who had a plethora of pretty goals throughout the weekend.
Patrick Drake ’18, A/M, Big 4 HHH / Salesianum (Del.) – Fairfield
Nick Loring ’18, M, Laxachusetts / Noble & Greenough (Mass.) – Harvard
Jake Wornow ’18, M, Leading Edge / Westfield (N.J.) – Yale
Colin Mone ’18, G, SweetLax / Culver Military (Ind.)
George Wichelns ’18, A, Team 91 / Connetquot (N.Y.) – Maryland
Frank Marinello ’18, D, Team 91 / Chaminade (N.Y.) – Duke
Will Hurley ’19, D, Big 4 HHH / Manheim Township (Pa.) – Michigan
Ryan Siracusa ’19, A, LB3 Atlanta / Centennial (Ga.) – Maryland
Daniel Parker ’19, M, LI Express / St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) – Loyola
Jake Engelke ’19, A, Leading Edge / Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) – Holy Cross
Bryce Ford ’19, M, Prime Time / John Jay (N.Y.)
Jack Brennan ’19, A, SweetLax / Irondequoit (N.Y.) – Maryland
John Sidorski ’19, A/M, Team 91 / East Islip (N.Y.) – Lehigh
Michael Alexander ’19, D, Team 91 / West Islip (N.Y.) – Yale
Max Cooney ’20, D, Crabs / Georgetown Prep (Md.) – UNC
Grant Litchfield ’20, D, Laxachusetts / Belmont Hill (Mass.)
Connor Cook ’20, G, Leading Edge / Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) – Hopkins
Eric Malever ’20, A, Thunder / Woodward Academy (Ga.) – Maryland